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10th June 2016

Having had a little bit of time at home now, reflecting on the things I learned and looking back, my time with the Mumbai Indians at the IPL was an awesome experience which I will always be grateful for.  As a player it highlighted the skill level of the game and what you have to work towards but even more than that it’s the mentality of the best players and how well they keep themselves fresh and prepare well so that their practice is always 100 per cent. Whether they’re doing it for 10 minutes or half an hour they get exactly what they need to give themselves the best preparation and when they turn up on match day their mentality is that they’ll win the game for their team. 

It also reaffirmed how much I need to have ownership of my own game and trust myself.  You see so many players and everyone does it differently. There’s no set way to play cricket or be successful so it’s just about understanding myself, what I do well and the things that allow me to perform at my best.  

Virat Kohli had such a fantastic tournament and he’s so consistent with his mentality.   People always say that you can’t get runs every time but he’s tried to tear that rule up and prove everyone wrong, doing that with his hunger and desire to win the match for his team every single time.  

Ricky Ponting was a fantastic guy and it really was an honour to work with him. I was so impressed with the way he went about things and I would love to have spent even more time with him.  He’s the kind of guy that you could ring or text if I wanted anything in the future. Most importantly, I need to believe in myself and trust what I’m doing and I’ve got a few people around me that I talk to, almost as sounding boards. As you’re talking it out you’re working it out for yourself.

It’s good to be back home and being in my own bed.  I played a Twenty20 game about four days after I came back from Mumbai and then I had a nice weekend away seeing family in Somerset. 

I’ll be involved in all of the one-day cricket this summer.  It’s a really exciting time for the England team and fun to be a part of.  The style we try to play is one that people want to watch and I’ll be looking to do my best in that.  I'm also enjoying  being back at Lancashire.   We need to get our campaign up and running.  It’s different playing once a week but it’s important to find some rhythm in that and win some games. Martin Guptill has settled in really well at Lancs and he hits a pretty good golf ball.  He’s picked up a little knock on his shoulder but hopefully he’ll be back and available as soon as possible.

For Lancashire, the Yorkshire game is probably the best night we have in Twenty20. It’s one you’re desperate to win and it shows what we are capable of in England, playing in front of full houses with great atmospheres. It’s a fantastic night on the domestic calendar and shows what’s possible here. 

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10th June 2016, Jos Buttler